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Economic Downtown/Credit Crunch

Part of Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 am on 13th October 2008.

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Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP 2:30 am, 13th October 2008

I caught the gist of the Member’s supplementary question.

I have not spoken to the Finance Minister about the issue, but I have spoken to the chief executive of the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) about it. The Member will be aware that two legal challenges have been made, concerning systems and procedures in procurement policy. We are considering whether it is appropriate to appeal those decisions: that is being done within the Finance Department. The other option is to move to more conventional means of procurement.